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Backchannels

Linguists first used the term backchannel to refer to the spontaneous responses and signals that provide interactivity to what is only apparently a one-way communication. Social media users have adopted the term to refer to the unofficial, multi-directional online conversation that parallels formal academic exchange at a lecture or conference. The Backchannels blog is intended to have a similar relationship to scholarly discourse in STS. It provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community. The editors welcome proposed contributions.

Textile Waste and Audiovisual STS

Projects / Hanna Rose Shell

title A contribution to a material archeology of waste. A heap of ground-up textile waste is the starting point for a book and a series of interconnected short films and interactive media in progress.

Making Change Bogotá una reflexión desde Ártica Uruguay

Report-backs / Mariana Fossatti and Jorge Gemetto

title Making Change Bogotá, Colombia, was part of an international long-term research driven by Leuphana Centre for Digital Cultures, which seeks to question the hegemonic ways of understanding change by conducting intensive workshops where activists, academics and artists from different countries participate. In Bogotá the event was organized in collaboration with Karisma Foundation and the Javeriana University. (Spanish, with English summary)

Write2Know Campaign: Making and Doing in STS

Projects / Max Liboiron

title Write2know highlights STS scholars’ roles in civic participation and STS as an practice of “making and doing” politics in and through science.

STS’s Image Problem

Reflections / Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone

title As we move away from intrapersonal learning and growth into the realm of hope how can...images serve? Participate? And how can they do it better?

Apropiación Social de la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Innovación para el desarrollo humano

Report-backs / Manuel Franco-Avellaneda

title The training program for community leaders, museological institutions and libraries was promoted by Colciencias and UNDP during the second half of 2014. The initiative documented the experience of institutions and actors in countries like Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Colombia (Spanish, with English summary)

Workshop: Markets for Collective Concerns - Copenhagen Business School, Dec. 11-12, 2014

Report-backs / Daniel Breslau

title In our current era, states are more frequently turning to market mechanisms to achieve social aims. Rather than socializing unmet needs, states are establishing new markets to correct the failures of old markets; markets as interventions, markets upon markets.

6S: The Graduate Student Organization of 4S, Revitalized

Reflections / Bryn Whitely

title 2015 marks a year of revitalization for 6S, the student organization of 4S. To this end, we are planning to host three events at the upcoming 4S meeting in Denver.

On the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective

Projects / Jim Collier

title Jim Collier explains the purpose and goals of SERRC: "Social epistemology, after all, understands knowledge as a principle for social organization and action, and welcomes the reformist impulse."

Discutiendo la agenda de desarrollo sustentable

Projects / Mariano Fressoli & Valeria Arza

title El Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación (CENIT) asociado a la Universidad de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) trabaja desde 2008 en conjunto con el Centro STEPS – Universidad de Sussex, del Reino Unido en temas que vinculan la ciencia, la tecnología y la innovación con el desarrollo sustentable e inclusivo. (Spanish, with English summary)

Light Years

Projects / Wesley Shrum

Wesley Shrum was invited to make a 5 minute, “experimental" film to help launch the 2015 International Year of Light at UNESCO.

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Reflections

Self-driving cars with Nassim JafariNaimi: New Research in ST&HV
We are all Eric Cartman now
What a new university in Africa is doing to decolonise social sciences
AI’s Prediction Problem

Report-backs

Doing ethnography of and with rocks
In the Moment: Notes from a Graduate Student Conference
Book Launch, Digital Sociology: The Reinvention of Social Research by Noortje Marres
Revealing fact and reinforcing faith: Gravitational waves and religion in India

Projects

Dis—ease with X and Y: Disclosing Digital Sociology
How migrant registration infrastructures co-produce citizens, institutions and territory
Developing New STS Minors: The Case of Cal Poly
4S Preview: Engaging STS Studies for Inclusive Development

Reviews

Book Review: Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America, 1900-1920
Renewable energy for STS scholarship: the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies
Betwixt and Between Augmentation and Automation: Some Reflections after Watching “Sully”
‘Hard’ Surveillance and ‘Soft’ Surveillance: The Quantified Self at Work

Backchannels Editors

Tania Pérez-Bustos, Chair, 4S Web Committee

Steven Jackson, Journals and conferences

Assistant Editors: Aleka Gurel, Yelena Gluzman

Gloria Baigorrotegui, Reviews, reblogs, and STS commentary from Asia, Africa & Latin America

Assistant Editors: Fredy Mora-Gámez, Prince Guma, Joseph Satish

Amanda Windle, Reviews, reblogs, and STS commentary from North America, Europe, and Australia

Assistant Editors: Leo Matteo Bachinger, Madeleine Pape

Anita Chan, Conference Blog Editor

For contact information, see the Editorial Guidelines page.